Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Pet Expo, Kiss the Pig Contest Draws Crowds

Published Date: May 10, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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Exotic birds, turtles and police K-9s were just some of the animals on display at the Second Annual Poly Pet Expo at Cal Poly Pomona.

Dozens of students, staff and faculty attended the May 9 expo, which was sponsored by the Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences and held on the University Quad.

The event featured a “Kiss the Pig” contest aimed at raising money for Cal Poly Pomona students to take medications to Thailand this summer to administer to animals.

Donors could give money on behalf of three faculty or staff members: Sarah Calderon, Staff Council president and the administrative support coordinator for animal and veterinary sciences; Chemistry Professor Laurie Starkey; or Gabriel Davidov-Pardo, a human nutrition and food sciences assistant professor. Starkey was the winner and got a kiss from Pumba the Pig.

The Pomona Police Department’s K-9 unit put on demonstrations with their dogs. The officers even got Cal Poly Pomona Police Chief Dario Robinson to put on a protective suit and participate in one of the demonstrations.

The expo also held an Instagram contest for the best pet or expo photo with the tag #PolyPetExpo17. The winning photographer earned $25 in Bronco Bucks. 

Here are the entries, with the winning photo first: